U.S. students losing interest in China

Published on Author haj18

In previous blog, the increasing number of Chinese students going abroad especially to US for better quality education was mentioned. On the contrary, there has been a substantial drop in enrollment of American students in programs in China. A leading study abroad group reports that interest in China has been decreasing since 2013 along with the half sized American student enrollment in China’s abroad programs.

Because the educational interaction between young intellectuals often reflects the two countries’ relationship, the obvious waning of interest is a concern from a diplomatic standpoint as well. One of the reasons behind the drop is that U.S. students no longer see high demand for American expats with some Chinese language skills, thanks to China’s strong emphasis on English proficiency from elementary school. Today a lot of Chinese students can speak English. In addition, there is a lack of agents in the U.S. who can bring students to China to study, and increasing concern about having a job in China for the country’s severe air pollution.


2 Responses to U.S. students losing interest in China

  1. As China’s economy continues to slow down, it seems likely that fewer and fewer students will want to study abroad in China. Although many people within China are migrating toward big cities, people studying abroad will probably not be seeking the same jobs those migrants are seeking.

  2. Numbers? Exactly how many students are we talking about?

    So 7% is slow??? The US media is not particularly helpful in providing any sort of background, or indicating that at (say) 6% the Chinese economy will still double in just a bit over a decade, surely many times better than what we will see in the US or Japan or EU!

    Students are very much given to fads that do no reflect reality. (Double majors? Arabic?) A China growing slowly will still have a much larger economy than those of the US or the EU!